The plan today was simple; go to where we went yesterday, just earlier.
What could possibly go wrong?!
We left later than planned. We had to put air in our flat tires. Not planned. And we missed the turning for yesterday and only realised 15 minutes later. Too late to turn back. Unplanned :(
But fear not, Simona said, we can go to another part of the island!
And so we did!
I had my reservations though; I didn't think my lense (the kit lense that came with my DSLR) was up to the zoom task necessary to really get a good shot from where we were, coupled with us actually being too high, so that I couldn't "line up" objects of interest.
Nonetheless, after getting a bit mardy, I realised it'll still be a good opportunity to learn my craft, and we were on our way, so I may as well give it a shot (literally!)
Alas, as expected, I don't think I got any great shots (I won't know for sure until I check the proper RAW camera files when I'm back in the UK), but I did get to learn more about my gear, and how to set it up and get a shot more swiftly, so it was definitely worth doing.
Once again, I have put together a composite panorama with an app on my phone, but this time from a sequence of shots that I actually shot with my DSLR (albeit the low-res JPG versions of them).
But Simona still had one more ace up her sleeve; getting to the West side of the island (Forio) in time for the sunset.
So we bundled back in the car and dashed back down the mountain.
Time was tight when we arrived and I Iiterally had to run to try to catch the sunset, but managed to snag a space by the railings (clearly I wasn't the only one with this idea) and just about caught it before it dropped.
Not the best sunset I've seen on the island, but beautiful nonetheless:
And so I was ready to turn tail and head back to the family...until I remembered that, sometimes, the light after the sun has gone below the horizon can be equally as interesting.
So I hung around.
As it goes, it wasn't that great a light; a little purple but nothing too spectaular or dramatic.
Nonetheless, I was by a very iconic church - on my list of sites to photograph - so I thought I'd try one last session and see what I could get.
And, I think, I may have found one of my calendar shots!
I'll be working on this from the RAW file when I'm home next month (which means I should, hopefully, be able to pull more detail out of the image) but to give you an idea, here's the low-res JPG:
So Day 3 ended with a little bit of progress and left me feeling somewhat less anxious about getting some good shots for my 2019 Wall Calendar.
In fact, I was so less anxious, I joined my wonderfully patient family who were waiting in the playground nearby to have a spin with the kids ;)
Rock and PhotoRoll! :)